Hearts Afire

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For the 1915 film, see Hearts in Exile (1915 film).
Hearts Afire
Hearts Afire Cast.jpg
Created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
Starring John Ritter
Markie Post
Billy Bob Thornton
Beth Broderick
Wendie Jo Sperber
Clark Duke
Leslie Jordan
Conchata Ferrell
Composer(s) Bruce Miller
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 54 (1 unaired)
Production
Running time 30 minutes per episode
Production company(s) Bloodworth-Thomason
Mozark Productions
Adam Productions
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 14, 1992 – February 1, 1995

Hearts Afire is an American sitcom starring John Ritter and Markie Post that aired on CBS from September 14, 1992 to February 1, 1995. The series' title is taken from a line in the Earth, Wind & Fire song "That's the Way of the World" (which originally served as the series' theme song).

Series premise[edit]

Described by CBS as a "politically topical series" and created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason, the show starred John Ritter and Markie Post playing John Hartman and Georgie Anne Lahti Hartman, respectively. Supporting actors included Billy Bob Thornton and Ed Asner. The show was set in Washington, D.C. and centered on a senator's aide (Ritter) and a political reporter (Post) whose professional disagreements masked a growing attraction for one another. Other costars on the show included George Gaynes, Beth Broderick, and Wendie Jo Sperber. The series was itself a satire on current affairs in Washington, D.C.

In the second season, the show abruptly changed its setting to the Southern town where John Hartman grew up; he returns to take over the town's failing newspaper, and his wife and several of the other cast members joined him there.

Episode list[edit]

Season 1: 1992–1993[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1 1 "Bees Can Sting You, Watch Out: Part 1" TBA TBA September 14, 1992 (1992-09-14)
2 2 "Bees Can Sting You, Watch Out: Part 2" TBA TBA September 14, 1992 (1992-09-14)
3 3 "The Big Date" TBA TBA September 21, 1992 (1992-09-21)
4 4 "Three Men and a Bed" TBA TBA September 28, 1992 (1992-09-28)
5 5 "John's Stallion" TBA TBA October 5, 1992 (1992-10-05)
6 6 "First Time" TBA TBA October 12, 1992 (1992-10-12)
7 7 "Significant Others" TBA TBA October 26, 1992 (1992-10-26)
8 8 "Everybody Loves My Baby" TBA TBA November 9, 1992 (1992-11-09)
9 9 "Conversations with My Shrink" TBA TBA November 16, 1992 (1992-11-16)
10 10 "The Fundamental Things Apply" TBA TBA November 23, 1992 (1992-11-23)
11 11 "Smithersgate" TBA TBA November 30, 1992 (1992-11-30)
12 12 "Everyday's a Holiday" TBA TBA December 14, 1992 (1992-12-14)
13 13 "While the Thomasons Slept" TBA TBA December 21, 1992 (1992-12-21)
14 14 "Trivial Pursuit" TBA TBA January 4, 1993 (1993-01-04)
15 15 "Never Play Touch Football with the Kennedys" TBA TBA January 11, 1993 (1993-01-11)
16 16 "Miss Starr Dates Georgie Anne's Pop" TBA TBA January 18, 1993 (1993-01-18)
17 17 "While the Thomasons Slept in the Lincoln Bedroom" TBA TBA February 1, 1993 (1993-02-01)
18 18 "Her Year with Fidel" TBA TBA February 8, 1993 (1993-02-08)
19 19 "Cold Feet: Part 1" TBA TBA February 22, 1993 (1993-02-22)
20 20 "Cold Feet: Part 2" TBA TBA February 22, 1993 (1993-02-22)
21 21 "Take My Senate Seat, Please" TBA TBA March 1, 1993 (1993-03-01)
22 22 "Flamingo Summer" TBA TBA March 15, 1993 (1993-03-15)
23 23 "Class Reunion" TBA TBA March 22, 1993 (1993-03-22)

Season 2: 1993–1994[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
24 1 "Lovely Always: Part 1" TBA TBA October 27, 1993 (1993-10-27)
25 2 "Lovely Always: Part 2" TBA TBA October 27, 1993 (1993-10-27)
26 3 "Moonlighting" TBA TBA November 3, 1993 (1993-11-03)
27 4 "The Great Depression" TBA TBA November 10, 1993 (1993-11-10)
28 5 "First Edition" TBA TBA November 17, 1993 (1993-11-17)
29 6 "String of Pearls" TBA TBA November 24, 1993 (1993-11-24)
30 7 "The Stud Club" TBA TBA December 8, 1993 (1993-12-08)
31 8 "Blue Christmas" TBA TBA December 15, 1993 (1993-12-15)
32 9 "True Confessions" TBA TBA December 29, 1993 (1993-12-29)
33 10 "Accelerated Dating" TBA TBA January 12, 1994 (1994-01-12)
34 11 "Sweet Revenge" TBA TBA January 19, 1994 (1994-01-19)
35 12 "The Sons of Sissy-Whatsis" TBA TBA February 2, 1994 (1994-02-02)
36 13 "Fatal Traction" TBA TBA February 9, 1994 (1994-02-09)
37 14 "Sleepless in a Small Town" TBA TBA March 28, 1994 (1994-03-28)
38 15 "Do the Limbaugh" TBA TBA April 11, 1994 (1994-04-11)
39 16 "Love in the Afternoon" TBA TBA April 18, 1994 (1994-04-18)
40 17 "The Big Yes" TBA TBA April 25, 1994 (1994-04-25)

Season 3: 1994–1995[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
41 1 "Don't Say Nothin' Bad About My Baby" TBA TBA September 24, 1994 (1994-09-24)
42 2 "The Virgin Lonnie" TBA TBA October 1, 1994 (1994-10-01)
43 3 "It's My Party" TBA TBA October 8, 1994 (1994-10-08)
44 4 "The Sock-Her Boys" TBA TBA October 15, 1994 (1994-10-15)
45 5 "Birth of a Donation" TBA TBA October 22, 1994 (1994-10-22)
46 6 "Fat Like Me" TBA TBA October 29, 1994 (1994-10-29)
47 7 "Born to Dance" TBA TBA November 26, 1994 (1994-11-26)
48 8 "Pros and Condoms" TBA TBA December 3, 1994 (1994-12-03)
49 9 "The Perfect Christmas" TBA TBA December 10, 1994 (1994-12-10)
50 10 "Help Wanted" TBA TBA January 11, 1995 (1995-01-11)
51 11 "Mrs. Hartman, Mrs. Hartman" TBA TBA January 18, 1995 (1995-01-18)
52 12 "Group Therapy" TBA TBA January 25, 1995 (1995-01-25)
53 13 "John and Georgie's Not So Excellent Adventure" TBA TBA February 1, 1995 (1995-02-01)
54 14 "The Outsider" TBA TBA N/A

DVD releases[edit]

Image Entertainment released the entire series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time in 2005. These releases have since been discontinued and are out of print.

On November 7, 2012, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment had acquired the rights to the series and released Hearts Afire - The Complete Series on DVD on January 8, 2013.[1] The 7-disc set features all 54 episodes of the series, as well as bonus features.

DVD set Episodes Release date
The Complete First Season 23 August 2, 2005
The Complete Second Season 17 November 1, 2005
The Complete Third Season 14 February 7, 2006
The Complete Series 54 January 8, 2013

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